Trump muses about yanking news media credentials in response to negative coverage

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By John Wagner,

President Trump on Wednesday raised the prospect of taking away credentials from news media outlets that he believes are reporting negatively on his administration, claiming that the “Fake News” is “working overtime” against him.

“Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt?” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Take away credentials?”

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Trump has long been critical of the news media, but taking away the credentials of White House reporters who cover him would take his animus to a new level.

In his tweet, Trump referred to a study that found 91 percent of network news stories about him are negative.

Shortly before, the anchors on “Fox & Friends” on Fox News discussed a study by the Media Research Center study citing that figure after evaluating the nightly newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC between January and April.

There was also discussion on Fox & Friends” about the tone of the coverage of Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.

During his 2016 presidential bid, Trump’s campaign temporarily banned several news organizations from his rallies, including The Washington Post, citing dissatisfaction with the coverage.

Revoking media credentials could restrict the ability of news organizations to report from the White House grounds and to travel with Trump on Air Force One.

The president’s tweets prompted an outcry on social media, including from Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics.

In a tweet directed at Trump, he wrote: “’Take away credentials?’ These authoritarian impulses of yours are anti-American.”